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Argentine legend Lionel Messi seemed motivated against Louis van Gaal, coach of the Netherlands, and his joy and his colleagues were accompanied by provocations in front of the latter.
But in reality, the story has an ancient history, and a successive series of events that began at the beginning of the new millennium, and may have ended on December 9, 2022, because Van Gaal’s training journey may stop at this point.
What happened long ago? Why did Lionel Messi get excited about the veteran Dutch coach? And why were the Argentinian statements sharp after the final match?
Juan Roman Riquelme
The Dutch coach has a really busy coaching career, and without prolonging it, one of its important stops was in Spain from the gate of FC Barcelona.
In the 2002-2003 season, Van Gaal was photographed smiling with a promising Argentine talent making his way in Europe. Juan Roman Riquelme, coming from Boca Juniors for €10m at the time, was a really resonant deal for a scorching talent.
No more than a season passed, until the doors of departure were opened for the rising Argentine, and he went out on loan to Villarreal.
Statements attributed to Van Gaal at the time through the Spanish media, in which he says: “I didn’t really like his (Riquelme) way with the ball. It just doesn’t fit our style. The administration was determined to sign him, but I was targeting another Argentine player (meaning Kelly Gonzalez).
Riquelme left Barcelona, but the memory of this bad situation lived on for years, and perhaps his friend Messi, who shares wonderful memories with him of winning the gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, wanted to avenge him after nearly 20 years of those events, so a snapshot came out that might be iconic in the history of the World Cup in coming years. Messi celebrates in front of Van Gaal in the manner of his countryman, in revenge for the latter.
It is unfortunate for the Dutch coach that his victims are always in the clubs he coached from the Argentine players, as Riquelme almost repeated the same situation with the current tango star, Angel Di Maria.
Di Maria moved from Real Madrid to Manchester United in the aftermath of the 2014 World Cup, in a deal that was destined to extend for 5 seasons, but Angel decided to get out of Van Gaal’s hell after only one season.
Di Maria says in statements highlighted by the Spanish “Marca” during the past year: “He is the worst manager I have dealt with during my career.”
The Argentine did not like Van Gaal’s method at Manchester United, and the idea of the coach ignoring his positives and scoring contributions bothered him, focusing on his mistakes during matches, and excluding him from the starting line-up several times.
To avoid a long-term loss, the Manchester United administration decided to offer Di Maria for sale, so that he would perform several distinguished seasons in Paris Saint-Germain later, before moving to Italian Juventus last summer.
“I advise him to stop talking so much.” That was the advice of Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to coach Louis van Gaal in the wake of his country’s victory over the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the current World Cup.
Martinez cannot forget the Dutchman’s statements before the match, where he said that his country has the advantage if the match goes to penalties, and that his team will definitely win.
The same reason also angered Messi, as Van Gaal criticized the quality of the Argentine style of play during the current World Cup, describing it as “few”, indicating with his fingers how little the level of tango is, from his point of view.
Messi said in statements after the important victory: “Van Gaal continued to talk about the distinctive style in which his team plays. What we saw today is a team that pushes tall players in attack, and nothing but a series of crosses.”
And Messi decided to respond with two blows to the veteran coach, after he pointed to him after the match with the same sign that the coach used in his press conference before the match, he said in his statements: “We respect all opponents, but Van Gaal did not show any respect for us.”
Source: الحرية نيوز by ar.alhoreyanews.com.
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